Vintage Report 2005


A relatively cool but top-notch vintage. Heavy frosts in October caused little real damage. Regular light rains over a cool spring/early summer resulted in excellent soil moistures. It was very wet in mid December but hot dry conditions prevailed during the critical ripening period allowing the fruit to achieve optimum ripeness. An even growing season with perfect ripening and excellent fruit conditions. Vintage arrived on the later side of normal. The effect of the drought could be seen in some stress on the vines. Yields in 2005 were low allowing concentrated fruit flavours.